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June 2019, Volume 28, Issue 3

Revving Up Against Chicago’s Impound Racket

By Diana Simpson When Veronica Walker-Davis’ car was damaged in an accident, she took it to a Chicago body shop for repairs. As the days without her car stretched into weeks, she started to worry, becoming less and less comforted by assurances that the shop was “just waiting on parts.” Finally, the shop came clean—an…

IJ Represents Pennsylvania Reporter in Fight for Forfeiture Records

By Kirby Thomas West Every year, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office uses forfeiture to take hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and other property from Pennsylvania citizens. Under Pennsylvania law, the DA’s office is able to spend the proceeds with few restrictions and almost no public oversight. Carter Walker, a young reporter for…

IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship —and Its Clients—Celebrates 20 Years in Business

By Beth Kregor In 1997, two University of Chicago law students attended IJ’s Law Student Conference and were inspired to use their legal training to help low-income entrepreneurs earn an honest living. They brought their idea to the dean of the law school and, working hand in hand with IJ, designed a clinic that would…

IJ Files Suit Against Short-Sighted Indiana Law

By Joshua Windham States across the country are embracing telemedicine as a safe and effective means of expanding access to health care. In 2016, Indiana attempted to join the movement when it passed a law legalizing telemedicine in virtually all settings. There was just one problem. Despite the state’s broadly encouraging approach to telemedicine, the…

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IJ Sets Sail on the Seas of Administrative Law

By Anthony Sanders Imagine you wanted to work as a lawyer in a specific city. Once you got your law license, you would assume you could work for any employer in the city or even start your own practice. Now imagine there is only one law firm in the city and it has to give…

Dave Kennedy Fellowships Honor Founding IJ Board Chairman

By Chip Mellor Today, the Institute for Justice is a nationwide force for liberty. But it wasn’t always so. When we started IJ in 1991, we had five employees and an unprecedented vision of a new approach to public interest law. And we had Dave Kennedy as chairman of our board of directors. Dave brought…

From Homeowners to Home Bakers, IJ Celebrates Activism Victories

By Christina Walsh The property owners, entrepreneurs, and families IJ’s activism team works with share a fundamental struggle: The government is stopping them from doing the simple things every American has the right to do. IJ has worked with hundreds of communities across the country, educating, organizing, and mobilizing victims of government abuse to defend…

Free to Compete: IJ Obtains Historic Ruling in Florida Food Truck Case

By Justin Pearson One of the hardest parts of being an IJ attorney is that we routinely set out to do things that no one has ever done before. One of the best parts of the job is when we succeed. Perhaps nowhere is this challenge—and payoff—bigger than in our defense of the right to…

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